Speaker Boehner: Obama Seems Determined to Reward Castro

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A Blow to All Who Long For Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s move to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism:

I am disappointed that the White House seems determined to reward the Castro regime, which has a clear record of repression at home and exporting violence throughout the region. Not even a week has passed since the brutal attacks on Cuban democracy protestors in Panama City during the Summit for the Americas. Those attacks – and the Castros’ long history of human rights violations -- demonstrate the folly of revisiting diplomatic relations with this communist dictatorship and removing it from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terror. 

Cozying up to the oppressive regime in Cuba is a blow to all who long for liberty and dignity. And it’s just one more example of this administration focusing more on befriending our enemies than helping our allies. The United States has a responsibility to stand strong for all those who struggle for freedom, and the House of Representatives is committed to doing its part.